Improving leisure centres
Work to improve Better leisure facilities continues across the borough with the largest investment being made in a generation.
Islington Tennis Centre & Gym has re-opened following a £1.8m upgrade and now features a 50 station gym extension, a 50 per cent larger group exercise studio, new health suite and sauna, new changing rooms, and new reception area.
The Tennis Centre, which is where former UK Women’s No. 1 Anne Keothavong honed her skills, is open all year round and has six indoor courts and two outdoor floodlit courts. It is one of the best used public tennis facilities in the country and the perfect place for local residents to learn how to play, improve their technique or have a casual game with friends.
Elsewhere in Islington, Sobell Leisure Centre’s new look reception and café has been well-received, with positive feedback from users and a rise in the number of visitors.
Building work on Highbury Pool and Gym’s larger dance studios, new reception area, bigger gym and a new dry change area started in October and will be completed in September 2017.
Classes are operating from a temporary studio on site, or have been relocated to other centres in the borough. Health Suite provision continues to be available at Sobell Leisure Centre, Archway Leisure Centre, Cally Pool & Gym, Islington Tennis Centre & Gym and Ironmonger Row Baths.
GLL, which runs 10 Islington leisure facilities under its Better brand, is working in partnership with Islington Council to get residents more active, more often with an affordable and accessible leisure offer for all ages.
The improvements mean Islington residents will soon enjoy some of London’s best public leisure facilities, while knowing that the charitable social enterprise which delivers the service, re-invests all surpluses into facilities, community sports programmes, health and wellbeing.